Sweet / Fortified
Historic property of 145 hectares, of which only 10% is from the Coteaux du Layon appellation.
Schist, limestone and chalk
Coteaux du Layon rarely gets much botrytis, and consequently many of the sweeter-styled chenin blancs are a result of the grapes dehydrating on the vine, rather than being concentrated by noble rot.
Fermentation in apoxy or glass-lined concrete.
Ages for 6-8 months before being bottled. Wine is held for at least a decade of cellar ageing prior to release.
2002 was a cool vintage with a bit of botrytis. Aromatics are Riesling-esque with a touch of pear and dried apricot that are classically Chenin!
This is hitting its stride now, with bright chamomile and quinine notes leading to a ripe, creamy core of peach, papaya and melon flavors. The long finish leans toward the racier side of the spectrum, with citronella and honeysuckle details echoing. Drink now through 2027. 2,250 cases made.
The 2002 vintage of Moulin Touchais is really beautiful, and though it is not as marked by botrytis as the legend in the making 2005, there is depth, complexity and personality to burn in this beautiful young wine. The superb nose is still quite primary, but shows lovely purity in its mélange of peach, quince, a touch of wet wool, chalk dusty soil tones, a touch of fresh pineapple and a nice touch of beeswax in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with impeccable focus and grip, blossoming complexity and great length and cut on the very, very refined finish. This is more adolescently “dusty” at the moment than the 2005, but with four or five more years, it should start to really enter into its plateau of fine drinking and will be stunning once it does reach this moment in its evolution. It should prove to be an exceptional year of Moulin Touchais and drink beautifully for decades. 2020-2060+. - Jon Gilman
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